Virgie Sturdivant recently retired from working more than 23 years at several Dollar Tree stores in the surrounding area.
Sturdivant started working for the discount corporation May 5, 1994. She retired Friday, Sept. 30 as an assistant manager at the Wadesboro store.
Strudivant said that she helped set up several stores when they first opened, including those in Wadesboro, Indian Trail and Rockingham.
“I helped run the store that used to be in Monroe Mall, by request of the district manager at the time,” Sturdivant said. “This is when I was promoted to (the) manager position, and the store was moved to Indian Trail.”
Sturdivant said she received her training in Bristol, Tennessee.
“I moved back to Wadesboro as the store manager, when it was at its old location,” Sturdivant said. “I later moved to help Rockingham set up at their old location, but came back to Wadesboro.”
Sturdivant said that she had two associates at the Rockingham location who are now store managers.
“Overall, I enjoyed working with customers when they came in the store with craft ideas,” Sturdivant siad. “I liked working with those that were giving back to the community.”
Sturdivant said that she enjoyed making shoe boxes for families in need, and helping customers find what they needed.
“Everyone calls it customer service,” Sturdivant said. “I call it having fun.”
Sturdivant said that she loved the conversations with the customers.
“We talked about God, recipes, crafts and news,” Sturdivant said. “I will miss getting those good recipes.”
Sturdivant said that she thanks her family for their support over the years, and her party. She also said she’s glad to not have a time limit, when deciding the tasks of her day.
“I wish all Dollar Tree managers and associates well and I thank them for their hard work,” Sturdivant said, adding she also wants to thank those who passed through the stores for their hard work.
“I thank Dollar Tree for the opportunity,” Sturdivant siad. “You helped me to raise two children and four grandchildren, and helped me to help them receive high school diplomas, and college degrees, except for the one in first grade.”